QUOTES OF THE WEEK
?"This isn't a salary drive, it's a survival drive."—Royals utilityman Jamie Quirk after he had back-to-back three-hit games.
?"We have two things in mind: To finish in second place and to hit more than 49 home runs. Those are the things we've taken as Task No. 1 and Task No. 2, in that order. We'd hate to be the team remembered for hitting the least home runs since 1812 or whatever."—Cardinals catcher Clint Hurdle.
Rick Burleson, hitting .291 in his Angel comeback after four years of shoulder woes, was irate when Gene Mauch played rookie Gus Polidor at second instead of him. Twice this season Burleson had flown his entire family back to Boston to see him play in his old park, and both times Mauch didn't start him in the field. "Now he [ Mauch] starts a rookie who won't even be here for the playoffs," said Burleson. "He buried me. I don't like the man, and I don't care who knows it."
Mauch's reply: "If a fine young man like Rick Burleson doesn't like you, you must have a personality problem. And in my case, it's too late to change."
? Tim Raines has been thrown out stealing three times all season, once on an overslide, once on a pitchout and once on a disputed call. For the record, the catchers who nailed him were Gary Carter, Bruce Benedict and Jody Davis.
? Bob Boone, who passed Gabby Hartnett to move into third place in games caught (1,792), should overtake Rick Ferrell (1,805) by season's end and could catch Al Lopez (1,918) as the all-time leader by next September.
?Next year Detroit's Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker will become the first double play combination to play together for 10 consecutive seasons.